A man who marketed elephant tusks, rhinoceros horns and hippopotamus teeth on Instagram for ₤ 60,000 per kilo has been imprisoned.
Prohibited trader Abbas Alawi, 52, was attempted at Harrow Crown Court after the post, significant “cash just” was discovered.
If he had managed to sell the illegal animal items at the asking rate, he would have netted ₤ 2million in cash.Highly skilled sniffer dogs uncovered the horns, tusks and teeth in the loft of his Watford house and he was founded guilty of six wildlife offences on November 9. Find out more Most current court headlines He was sentenced to
a total of nearly 5 years in jail,
however his sentences are to run simultaneously so he will actually only serve 14 months.London Crown Prosecution Service legal representative Peter Nugent said: “Abbas Allawi stood to make substantial amounts selling ivory and tusks regardless of knowing it was illegal. A rhino horn marketed for sale by Abbas Allawi on Instagram”He aimed to declare lack of knowledge of the law but the prosecution case was able to reveal through his messages to possible buyers